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All These Very Famous People Talking About Cats Want To Convince You That 'Digital Fur Technology' Is A Thing

Picture: Idris Elba in a "perfect fur covering."

It’s official: CATS  the musical is coming to the silver screen with a star-studded cast who REALLY love cats, and something called “digital fur technology.”

Today, a teaser trailer for the upcoming film was released and there’s quite a bit to unpack. The clip features stars of the film, including Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellan, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Hudson talking about felines with an intensity that feels, well, a little excessive.

It’s a lot. Credit: Giphy

Between extremely dramatic music and shots of Taylor Swift’s equally-as-intense theatrical dancing, the actors speak about their backgrounds and experience with the film. We even get to here about Judi Dench thinking it was “all over” when she snapped her Achilles’ tendon on the 1981 production of the musical.

The wildest part of the teaser is when we find out that the set has been supersized so it will be seen from a “cat’s perspective,” and director Tom Hooper mentions the concept of “digital fur technology, to create the most perfect covering of fur.”

ME-OWWWW. Credit: Giphy

James Corden says, “These are people, but they’re cats, and it’s kind of blowing my mind. There is nothing else like it.” Idris Elba adds, “This is a moment for you to step into a world that’s completely designed to entertain.” We’re still talking about a tribe of mythical cats, right?

It ends with Taylor giving us her best ‘rawr’ and wow, I need a strong drink. I have never wanted to see Idris Elba dancing in a perfect covering of digital fur more in my life. The official trailer for the film drops this Friday. Strap yourselves in, feline fans. 

Sorry, But Chance The Rapper's Job On The Lion King Won't Pass On Your Résumé

Skills: can make antelope sounds.

There’s no doubt that Chance the Rapper is a super talented and inspiring guy, but his role in the recent remake of The Lion King sounds like it was under the ‘Experience’ section of a really dodgy résumé.

Apparently, Chance worked as a ‘nostalgia consultant’ (!!) on the film because he was obsessed with the film as a kid. In an Instagram post, the rapper explained his recent gig: “I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing.”

“So when my big bro Donald got cast as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavour.” Absolutely no shade, but we were all obsessed with The Lion King as kids, so this job seems like it could be quite straightforward, no?

However, it’s not the only job Chance had on the film. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the rapper said he also did some of the “background noises” for the film, including the sound of “antelopes grazing.”

He expertly demonstrates the noise at 1:52 mark below. It sounds a lot like ASMR of me eating a burrito, and I suddenly I’m feeling very inspired. 

To be very fair, Chance also lent his velvety pipes to the film in various singing parts, which is most definitely something I couldn’t do. 

If anyone is looking for a ‘nostalgia consultant’ on anything from the 90s, I’m all ears.

Whatever Happened To Miss Honey From Matilda?

Cue 'Send Me On My Way'

It has been 23 (!!) years since Matilda, the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel was released, which is enough time to a) look back on how messed up the premise of the film actually was and b) wonder whatever happened to the film’s beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

In case you didn’t see the film (shame on you because it’s iconic), it follows the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl who is brought up in an abusive family. To make matters worse, Matilda is sent to a shocker of a school run by part-time principal, full-time bully Miss Trunchball. Spoiler alert: Matilda realises she has the power of telekinesis and can not only defend her friends from the wrath of Trunchball, but can also defend herself against her crappy parents. 

Still terrified of Miss Trunchbull, tbh.

Miss Honey, played by actress Embeth Davidtz, is Matilda’s sweet-as-pie teacher who not only takes an immediate liking to her pupil, but tries to get Matilda moved up a grade and even visits her parents to ask them to pay more attention to her. Second MAJOR spoiler alert: Miss Honey reveals that Miss Trunchball is actually her mum’s abusive step sister she was forced to live with after her father ‘mysteriously’ died. Later, she adopts Matilda and they live happily ever after.


It’s a cracker of a film, but it begs the question, what is Miss Honey AKA Embeth Davidtz up to now? Before Matilda, Davidtz appeared  in a string of 90s films including Schindler’s List, Murder in the First and Feast of July.

After Matilda, the actress starred opposite Hollywood heavyweights like Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins and Kenneth Branagh in a bunch of different movies. However, it was Davidtz’s role opposite the late Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man that is sure to stir those nostalgic feels within. 

Another 90s classic. Credit: The Movie Scene

Apparently, Davidtz also starred in recurring roles on Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Californication and Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd’s sister. She even played parts in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Amazing Spider-Man as Peter Parker’s mother, which really shows how little I’m paying attention during movies. 

Embeth Davidtz was in Grey’s Anatomy!?
Credit: The Cheat Sheet

Judging by her Instagram, Davidtz’s life is pretty great. She’s still acting, she’s a wife, mum, and an advocate for breast cancer awareness, having been diagnosed with the disease in 2013. Oh, and 23 years on from Matilda she still looks like the teacher we all wish we had growing up.

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